Like a Bat outta HellBoy 2…Or Does a golden army take Golden showers

Went and checked out the early screening for HELLBOY 2- THE GOLDEN ARMY..  Guess I should have posted the review but in case your looking for a flick to beat the summer heat!!

Sexy!!
Sexy!!

 

When the film adaptation of Mike Mignola’s “Hellboy” came to theaters in 2004, the future of the franchise was in doubt: the first movie didn’t hit the 100 million magic summer blockbuster number domestically.  But thanks in no small part to the tenacity of visionary director Guillermo del Toro, the world’s greatest paranormal investigator found a new home at Universal Studios. Four years later, Del Toro and actor Ron Perlman are back together for “HellBoy 2,”.

In the first Flick John Hurt’s Trevor Bruttenholm helped U.S. forces thwart a Nazi plot to bring about the end of the world, but not before the Germans succeeded in summoning a horned, baby hellspawn with a fetish for candy and cats that would grow up to be the present day Hellboy.   Bruttenholm adopted the baby demon and raised him amongst the human race he was destined to destroy. In the present day, a grown-up Hellboy and his adopted father both served as agents of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense, a secret government organization charged with protecting America from all things occult, paranormal and supernatural.

The crew is Back...
The crew is Back...

 

Bruttenholm perished in the first film, but he shows up in a flashback to deliver “Hellboy II’s” early setup to a disturbing looking 11-year-old Hellboy. Bruttenholm tells his son a bedtime story about a tentative truce that had been established hundreds of years prior between the humans and the mythical races that have since been relegated to myth and legend in our modern world. On the brink of destroying humanity with mechanical Golden Army forged by goblins, the magnanimous King Balor realized the indestructible force was a weapon too powerful for anyone to wield and deactivated the automated warriors believing that peace rather then a scorched Earth was the best choice.

To ensure that no one would get their hands on the golden crown that gives its wearer dominion over the army, the king divided the crown in three, entrusting one segment to the humans and keeping the remaining two himself. But the King’s son, Prince Nuada , did not trust or approve of a truce with the humans, and he retreated into self-imposed exile, vowing to return one day and lead his people to victory against our world when they needed him most.

In the present day, Prince Nuada returns to his people, seeing them relegated to living in the corners of mankind, the holes of the earth and their numbers shrinking to almost nothing in the face of expansion and human greed to take over the whole world. He returns seeking to reconstruct the crown and lead the Golden Army to a victory against the human race. Anna Walton plays Nuada’s twin sister, Princess Nuala, who shares a mental and physical link to the prince that borders on the creedy West Va Side. (Sorry mountaineers)

The prince needs a tan
The prince needs a tan

 

The love triangle that drove the first film between Hellboy, pyrokinetic Liz Sherman, and Rupert Evans’ fresh-faced John Myers is nowhere to be found in “Hellboy II,” with Myers having been reassigned to another B.P.R.D. facility.  But even without a love interest competing for Liz’s affections, there’s still trouble in paradise between her and Hellboy. Perlman and Blair rekindled the strong chemistry they developed in the first “Hellboy,” but their characters’ relationship squabbles in the second installment are more there to show that Liz truly loves him and they have the same normal issues as any other couple… The first film was knocked a bit because it seemed like Hellboy did a lot of chasing of Liz and he is too cool for that..

Perlman jumps back into the role of Hellboy feet first, effortlessly bringing Mignola’s comic book hero back to the big screen. Doug Jones reprises his role as fish-like B.P.R.D. agent Abe Sapien. Jones also takes over the voice-acting duties for the character, who was voiced in the first film by David Hyde Pierce and I didn’t notice the change until I was told. Jeffrey Tambor’s B.P.R.D. bureaucrat Tom Manning is just as entertainingly uptight as ever. “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane voices Johann Krauss, a B.P.R.D. agent composed entirely of gas. (who acts as field supervisor and just shows how much most workers think of their bosses)

Manning is none too happy when the hot-headed Hellboy reveals himself, and by extension, the entirety of the once-secret B.P.R.D., to public scrutiny. Hellboy, who is at first enamored with the media coverage and the seeming adoration of his public, is then quickly saddled with Spider-Man syndrome: the humans are quick to label Hellboy and his fellow agents as “freaks,” and sticks and stones are not far behind. Over the course of the film, an insightful Prince Nuada makes Hellboy question if he’s fighting for the right side.  Siding with the Humans over an army of freaks and creatures of magic seems strange for a demon summoned from HELL…. Een though Hellboy chose to go down the light path at the end of the first film, “Hellboy II” hints that his destiny as a harbinger of the end of the world is still  in the cards and smells of a third film…

“Hellboy II” is far more ambitious than the first installment in the franchise, and director Del Toro certainly took advantage of some of the tricks he learned while making “Pan’s Labyrinth.” Whether our heroes in the Troll Market beneath the Brooklyn Bridge or battling a Forest Elemental in the streets of New York City, del Toro has packed the second installment of the Hellboy franchise with more fantastical creatures and locales than you can shake a big red fist of doom at.

The film’s humor is fairly spot on, with a, drunken rendition of  Manilow’s “Can’t Smile Without You” by Hellboy and Abe ranking with my best moments in the film..

Scenes like the outing of the B.P.R.D. and an unexpected development for Hellboy and Liz serve to make “Hellboy II” far from just rehash of the first film. And though the movie doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, “Hellboy II” does set up a potential third installment that could be as unique and groundbreaking as the first two Hellboy films.

I was asked if this movie would be good for young children and I had to answer that question with a question..  Would you consider this scary?!? 

 

Can I tell your tell kids a bedtime story?
Can I tell your tell kids a bedtime story?

 

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